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How did Stefan Löfven secure a second term as PM against all odds?

Stefan Löfven with his wife Ulla outside parliament. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

Published: 18.Jan.2019 12:45 hrs

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has managed to hold on to power for a second term, after months of political wrangling.

Keeping one of Europe's last centre-left governments in power is seen as a major victory for the 61-year-old Löfven, a former welder and union leader.

And the feat is even more exceptional given Sweden's splintered political landscape after the September 9th legislative elections, when the left wing scored just one more seat in parliament than the right and the anti-immigration far-right came in third, looking set to be kingmakers.

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